US hails Kuwait as ‘proud and in­dis­pens­able’ ally

Deputy Amir sends con­do­lences over death of former US se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor Scowcroft

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KUWAIT: The US com­mem­o­rated Fri­day the 30th an­niver­sary of Op­er­a­tion Desert Shield, rec­og­niz­ing Kuwait as “a proud and in­dis­pens­able ally”. “To­day marks 30 years since the United States led a coali­tion of 35 na­tions to launch Op­er­a­tion Desert Shield and stand against the oc­cu­pa­tion of Kuwait,” Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said in a state­ment. “We re­mem­ber and honor those who fought side by side, and we rec­og­nize Kuwait as a proud and in­dis­pens­able ally,” he added.

“The lib­er­a­tion of Kuwait is an im­por­tant re­minder of what coun­tries can achieve when they come to­gether dur­ing times of cri­sis and fight for free­dom and jus­tice. The US-Kuwait friend­ship has never been stronger and our part­ner­ship is help­ing shape a more peace­ful and pros­per­ous Mid­dle East,” Pom­peo af­firmed. The US top diplo­mat con­cluded by say­ing “on be­half of the Amer­i­can peo­ple, I join Kuwait in com­mem­o­rat­ing the lead­er­ship, courage and sac­ri­fices of our peo­ple 30 years ago”.

Mean­while, HH the Deputy Amir and Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ah­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah on Fri­day sent a ca­ble of con­do­lences, in­clud­ing the sym­pa­thies of HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah AlAh­mad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, to US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump over the death of former na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor Brent Scowcroft. HH the Deputy Amir and the Crown Prince re­called Scowcroft’s hon­or­able role dur­ing the war to lib­er­ate Kuwait in 1991. HH Sheikh Nawaf sent a sim­i­lar ca­ble to Scowcroft’s fam­ily as well. HH the Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Ha­mad Al-Sabah sent sim­i­lar ca­bles.

Scowcroft, the re­spected na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor to two Repub­li­can pres­i­dents and a Wash­ing­ton heavy­weight who served ad­min­is­tra­tions from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama, died aged 95, the Ge­orge H W Bush Foun­da­tion an­nounced Fri­day. An out­spo­ken critic of the US-led in­va­sion of Iraq, Scowcroft was a mem­ber of the Repub­li­can for­eign pol­icy es­tab­lish­ment who nev­er­the­less endorsed Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton dur­ing the 2016 White House cam­paign won by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. He died of nat­u­ral causes, a state­ment from the foun­da­tion said.

“No in­di­vid­ual has pro­vided as many com­man­ders-in-chief as much na­tional

se­cu­rity ad­vice -ir­re­spec­tive of party lines,” the state­ment con­tin­ued. The cur­rent na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor un­der Trump, Robert O’Brien, called Scowcroft “one of the most dis­tin­guished in­di­vid­u­als to serve” in the post. “Scowcroft set the stan­dard for ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship and de­fined the mod­ern role of the NSA,” O’Brien said in a state­ment. “My goal since tak­ing of­fice has been to fol­low the ‘Scowcroft Model’.”

Born in 1925 in Og­den, Utah, Scowcroft went on to grad­u­ate from West Point mil­i­tary acad­emy in 1947, ris­ing through the ranks to be­come a lieu­tenant general in the air force while col­lect­ing de­grees in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions along the way. He served as mil­i­tary as­sis­tant to Nixon, and later re­signed from the Air Force to be­come Pres­i­dent Ger­ald Ford’s na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor. He went on to per­form the same role for Ge­orge H W Bush, be­com­ing the first man to serve two pres­i­dents in the role.

Scowcroft “rec­og­nized the es­sen­tial - though not lim­it­less - role US power and lead­er­ship could play in mak­ing the world a safer and more pros­per­ous place,” the Bush foun­da­tion state­ment said. It added that, de­spite a mil­i­tary back­ground, Scowcroft be­lieved that “al­though mil­i­tary force is an im­por­tant tool of state­craft, it is not a sub­sti­tute for pol­icy and di­plo­macy.”

He ar­gued against in­vad­ing Iraq in 2003 as it took the fo­cus off the fight against Al-Qaeda. And he endorsed Clin­ton in 2016 based on her ex­pe­ri­ence as Sec­re­tary of State un­der Barack Obama, re­port­edly ar­gu­ing that she had “deep ex­per­tise” and a “so­phis­ti­cated un­der­stand­ing” of in­ter­na­tional af­fairs that was “es­sen­tial” in a pres­i­dent.

“His think­ing, which placed a pre­mium on strat­egy, was guided by key prin­ci­ples, in­clud­ing the im­por­tance of his­tory in shap­ing in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, the ne­ces­sity of strong US in­ter­na­tional lead­er­ship ... the im­por­tance of gain­ing do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional sup­port for US lead­er­ship, and the util­ity of work­ing through al­lies, coali­tions, and in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions,” the foun­da­tion said. His fu­neral will be held pri­vately, it added. — Agen­cies

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